How can we know things, materialize ideas, and make them "matter" ?
By what means does the picture of a person acquire a meaning of their life ? What are the telling signs ?
Realizing a painting is like constructing a dream, or putting a vision into material form. I measure, color, and structure to locate and materialize what I see. It is like a waking dream, and I try hard -- often vainly -- to rationalize the subjective, so that it can be explained and contained and appreciated. I refer to myths and metaphors in an attempt to share with others something understood as uncommon.
I have ideas about how to make my materials behave, but one cannot really reason with color, and the full and rich experience of the world is much more mysterious than I can explain, but I try to share something extraordinary that I have seen or felt.
Born, lives and works in New York City
B.F.A. 1973 Rhode island School of Design, Providence, RI
M.A. 1980 Governors State University, Park Forest South,Il
Cert, 1998 New York Studio School, New York City
International School of Art, Umbria, Italy-1995
“Excellence in both Painting & Sculpting”, NYSS
Nessa Cohen, Merit, and MacDowell Runner-up, Art Students League
First Prize in Painting, National Academy
Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 1987
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency, 1991
Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, New York City 2005
Newington-Cropsey Fellowship, Hastings, NY 2003-2006
Vytlacil Residence and Exhibition "Transcendence and Tradition", Sparkill, NY 2010